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Adaptation Practices
The adaptation practices interface is a gateway to information on adaptation practices worldwide. It provides a summary of adaptation practices by a large range of organizations, agencies and businesses, along with descriptions and relevant links and publications. The interface was mandated by the SBSTA, see SBSTA 25 report FCCC/SBSTA/2006/11 (paragraph 59).
It was updated for the thirtieth session of the SBSTA (June 2009).
Type of organization

Regional focus

Sector

Adaptation delivery activity

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Adaptation Practice Type of organization Regional focus Sector Adaptation delivery activity Description

Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center Activities
(CATIE)

Academic

South America

Education and training

Education

Promoting sustainable agriculture and management of natural resources through training, education, library services and publications.

Outputs
Virtual Library

 

Inter-American Development Bank Activities
(IDB)

Intergovernmental

South America

Other

Financial support

Financing, leverage, policy advice, research, and technical assistance to carry out development projects in 26 countries of the Latin America and the Caribbean region. New multidonor trust fund to finance technical assistance and grant investments for disaster prevention and risk management in its borrowing countries in Latin America and the Caribbean

Example publications
Developing and Supporting the Use of Disaster-Linked Financial Instruments: The Role of the IDB in Latin America and the Caribbean

Projects
Project Gateway

Oficina de Riesgo Agropecuario (ORA) - República Argentina Activities

Governmental

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Education and training

Education

The ORA (Argentinian Bureau of Agriculture Risk) assesses the risks (agro-climatic, economic and market-associated) associated with agricultural activities, guides stakeholders and promotes the development of an insurance market for the sector.

Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean Activities
(CATHALAC)

 

Academic

South America

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Water resources

Education

Training

Communication and awareness raising

Training and education on regional water management.

Example outputs
PortalGIS: Mesoamerica and the Caribbean

Iberoamerican Network of Climate Change Bureaus
(RIOCC)

Intergovernmental

South America

Education and training

Knowledge management

Education

Training

Contributing a regional cooperative structure to the Nairobi Work Programme, as well as adressing needs in the following NWP areas of work: Methods and Tools; Data and Observations; Climate modelling, scenarios and downscaling; Climate related risks and extreme events; Adaptation planning and practices.

Contributions to the UNFCCC
Action Pledges

United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean Activities
(ECLAC)

Intergovernmental

South America

Education and training

Knowledge management

Financial support

Developing approaches to evaluate the economic and social impacts of climate change, complemented with the analysis of its environmental impacts. Facilitating the assessment of the overall consequences of climate change for sustainable development, particularly from a regional perspective. Facilitating regional dialogues to promote greater awareness and innovative development policy options to respond to the climate change challenges, including ensuring appropriate financing sources in a manner consistent with a low-carbon, energy-efficient future.

 

 

Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre
(CCCCC)

Intergovernmental

South America

Small Island Developing States

Education and training

Education

Communication and awareness raising

Training

Coordinating the Caribbean region's response to climate change, acting as a clearing house for regional climate change data, and providing climate change-related policy advice and guidelines to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States through the CARICOM Secretariat. Implementing community-level projects, offering training and consultancy services for climate change programmes.

Adaptation to Climate Change of Wheat and Potatoes Productive Systems (IADB)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Capacity building

Other

Facilitates selection and production of climate-resilient genotypes for local implementation with the aim of strengthening adaptive capacity in South America.

Project documents (Spanish)

Climate Change and Biodiversity Information in the Tropical Andes (IADB)

Academic

Non-Governmental

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Terrestrial ecosystems

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Other

Develops regional information exchange mechanism on climate and biodiversity including training and education components. Advocates for mainstreaming of climate and biodiversity concerns into national policies.

Plan of Operations (Spanish) 

Climate Change and Irrigated Agriculture: Towards a better understanding of driving forces and feedbacks between decision makers and biophysical environments and their impacts on hydrological cycle and land use (IAI)

Academic

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Water resources

Other

Interdisciplinary research into climatic and land use impacts in agriculture, water rights, demands and usage, and adaptive capacity of stakeholders. Projected future scenarios and anticipated potential adaptation measures.

Findings
Climate change and irrigated agriculture

Climate Change Impacts on Biodiversity in the Tropical Andes: Climate risk, vulnerability and decision making tools for the planning of conservation (IAI)

Academic

Non-Governmental

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Terrestrial ecosystems

Cross-country research into climate risk for local-scale biodiversity. Development of context-specific adaptation measures.

Climate Change in a Living Landscape: Vulnerability and Adaptation in the Eastern Cordillera Real of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru (WWF)

Non-Governmental

South America

Terrestrial ecosystems

Other

Cross-country cooperative initiative to address ecosystem concerns and promote sustainable livelihoods. National and local objectives identified to address adaptation needs.

Vulnerability Report

The University of Regina - Coming Down the Mountain: Understanding the vulnerability of Andean communities to hydroclimatologic variability and global environmental change

Academic

Non-Governmental

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Water resources

Capacity building

Other

Provides research to enhance national and regional policy design and adaptation strategies through evaluation of vulnerability and capacity related to climate change.

Adaptation to the Impact of Rapid Glacier Retreat in the Tropical Andes Project - (PRAA Project - GEF)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Water resources

Capacity building

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Guides governmental and civil society groups on the integration of strategies to reduce water consumption in both the consumer and industrial sectors. Develops relationships between countries and institutions to ensure mainstreaming of adaptation in procedures involving the project. Monitoring, technical, and implementation services for projects and planning.

 

Regional Instruments for Adaptation to Climate Change by the Health Sector (IDB)

Intergovernmental

South America

Human health

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Other

Develops regional vulnerability index and scenarios and surveillance tools for monitoring effects of  climate change on health. Designs sustainable programs to integrate health and climate concerns based on the Columbian example.    

Documents

Government of Germany - Regional Program to Adaptation to Climate Change in Andes Region

Governmental

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Capacity building

Other

Establishes a regional platform for climate information and knowledge and provides support services for the integration of adaptation into agricultural sector institutions and political processes in order to build food security.
 

Review of the Economics of Climate Change in South America (UN-CEPAL)

Intergovernmental

South America

Oceans and coastal areas

Other

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Other

Conducts an economic analysis of the impacts of climate change in South America. Provides a platform for cooperation between South American states on climate change and identifies appropriate policy responses.

Sustainable Management of the Water Resources of the La Plata Basin with Respect to the Effects of Climate Variability and Change (UNEP)

Intergovernmental

South America

Water resources

Capacity building

Other

Produces a Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis and Strategic Action Plan to ensure river basin development is socially and economically sustainable and can adapt to climate change. Will improve the capacity of countries and institutions to maintain these long-term.

Publications

Utilization of Potato Genetic Diversity as Tool to Adaptation to Climate Change (IADB)

Intergovernmental

South America

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Other

Adapts potato production systems to increase resiliency under climate change. Contributes to mitigation plans for high Andes communities.

Document (Spanish)
Regional plan of operations

Indian Ocean Commission - ACCLIMATE project

Intergovernmental

Small Island Developing States

Least Developed Countries

Science, assessment, monitoring and early warning

Other

Capacity building

Other

Facilitates dialogue between policy makers and scientists on adaptation and climate issues. Add knowledge on these subjects by hosting seminars and producing studies and reports.

Small Island Developing States Network
(SIDSNet)

Intergovernmental

Small Island Developing States

Education and training

Knowledge management

Sharing of best practice and expertise.

Reports

National and Regional Assessment Reports of the Small Island Developing States

 

Adaptation to Climate Change: Responding to coastline change and its human dimensions in West Africa through Integrated Coastal (GEF)

Governmental

Intergovernmental

Small Island Developing States

Least Developed Countries

Oceans and coastal areas

Other

Pilot adaptation programmes/projects

Implements context-specific training and evaluation measures to increase adaptive capacity. Integrates monitoring and capacity considerations into planning processes and policies. Awareness raising activities to enhance knowledge and cooperation in climate change adaptation across scales. Develops sustainable practices to reduce ecosystem deterioration and promote livelihood resilience.                            

Project Document
Integrated Coastal Area Management in West Africa

Adapting Fishing Policy to Climate Change with the Aid of Scientific and Endogenous Knowledge (IDRC)

Non-Governmental

Small Island Developing States

Least Developed Countries

Food security, agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Capacity building

Other

Platform to share scientific and indigenous knowledge across sectors, disciplines and regions with the aim of improving fishing practices and policy to reduce vulnerability to climate change.

Adaptating Fishing Policy to Climate Change

At the Water’s Edge: Coastal resilience in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada (The Nature Conservancy)

Non-Governmental

Small Island Developing States

Oceans and coastal areas

Capacity building

Communication and awareness raising

Knowledge management

Other

Risk/vulnerability mapping

Assists SIDS in sustainably protecting and managing coastlines vulnerable to climate change.

CapaSIDS: Capacity Building and Knowledge on Sustainable Responses to Climate Change in Small Island States (IDRC)

Governmental

Small Island Developing States

Other

Transport, infrastructure and human settlements

Capacity building

Other

Creates socio-economic and climate change scenarios to inform long-term planning and decision-making in coastal zones with a view to incorporating and mainstreaming adaptation strategies. Training is provided to urban developers on incorporating chosen adapation measures into plans.

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